Five Favorite Films

Eric Andre's Five Favorite Films

Ahead of his prank-filled feature comedy Bad Trip, the star of the acclaimed The Eric Andre Show tells us about his funniest ever moviegoing experience and "the most creative movie" he's ever seen.

by | March 23, 2021 | Comments

Eric Andre

(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

To hear Eric Andre list off some of his favorite films — which include Airplane!, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and, more recently, the Safdie Brothers’ Good Time and the Nic Cage-starrer MANDY — is to get a glimpse into the bonkers and brazen cinema the comedian gravitates to. In the spirit of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat and Brüno, as well as Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Andre’s latest prank-filled film Bad Trip feels like a combination of these various styles of bold filmmaking.

In Bad Trip, Andre plays Chris, a guy hopelessly trying to make his way from Florida to New York City with his friend Bud (Lil Rel Howery) to reunite with his high school crush. That they’re being pursued by Bud’s escaped convict sister Trina (Tiffany Haddish), who’s intent on getting her car back, is just one of the many obstacles the two men face on the road. The pranks (and the reactions of the unsuspecting bystanders caught by director Kitao Sakurai) are best left unspoiled. But know they include a very horny gorilla, a NSFW encounter with a Chinese finger-trap, and naked pratfalls aplenty.

Ahead of the movie’s release on Netflix, Andre spoke with Rotten Tomatoes about his favorite films. He admits he had a hard time narrowing them down (“I know you only asked for five and I’m giving you, like, 15, but this is very hard for me”) but that just speaks to his eclectic taste. Where else, after all, could you find Fernando Meirelles and Stanley Kubrick sitting pretty next to Weird Al Yankovic?

When I first saw Borat at 22 years old in the theater, that’s the hardest I ever laughed in a movie theater. Hardest ever. That and Jackass, all of the Jackass movies. That was like, primal, caveman laughter.

The Holy Mountain (1973)


Holy Mountain is the most creative movie I’ve ever seen. It’s directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. It was funded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s company, which is called Apple — not to be confused with Steve Jobs’ Apple. And it’s just this psychedelic masterpiece. I’ve just never seen anything like it. It’s completely insane. I actually had the fortune of getting my Tarot read by the director recently at his apartment in Paris. He’s pushing 90 and he gave me a psychomagic prescription and he read my tarot. It was kind of one of the best moments of my entire life.

City of God (2002)


City of God, I think, is some of the best filmmaking I’ve ever seen. I think the term is docu-narrative, where you cast non-actors — what the Safdie brothers called “street casting,” which is my favorite term. I think it’s like the modern day Battle of Algiers in a weird way, which is also one of the best movies of all time. Its plot isn’t the same. It just feels totally the same.

UHF (1989)


UHF was the first, like, screwball comedy I ever saw in a theater when I was five years old. And that’s one of my favorite genres. It’s a lost art. They don’t do it anymore. Those movies always got really harsh criticism. But if you go back and watch Airplane! one and two, Naked Gun one through three, and Hot Shots! — if you go back and watch those movies from a filmmaking perspective, they’re like works of art. They belong in the MoMA. Or the Whitney. Every single shot is a gag. To have that many jokes per square inch is a feat. I think those movies were always thrown under the bus by critics, unfairly I think. They age like a fine wine.

There’s scenes in that movie I can watch every day for the rest of my life. It’s one of those movies. And the special effects — there’s things that Kubrick did in that movie, to this day, that George Lucas and Spielberg are like, “I don’t know how he did that! I don’t know how he did these!” He’s like the greatest David Copperfield. He’s the greatest magician. He’s one of my favorite filmmakers.

Manuel Betancourt for Rotten Tomatoes: How did Bad Trip begin?

Eric Andre: Well it’s been seven and a half years since we first started talking about it. October 2013 is when Bad Grandpa came out. I was on season two of The Eric Andre Show and my agent called me up and he goes, “Hey man, you’re going to go see Bad Grandpa this weekend?” I was like, “Hell yeah.” And he goes, “Dude, I think it’s gonna make like 100 million bucks. It’s, like, testing through the roof.” And then he was like, “You should make one of those movies.”

Still to this day, I don’t know how to write a movie. All I know are jokes and pranks. I’m a joke writer, not a story writer. I didn’t know the importance of story. So we were throwing spaghetti at the wall for years, developing the idea and building it up and bringing it down and building it up. It was like we went to film school without going. We just had to educate ourselves on how to read a story, and then we teamed up with [Bad Grandpa’s director] Jeff Tremaine, and then we just kept cracking away at it. But it was an ongoing process until the very end of editing, and we finished editing the movie 2019. So it was a long and winding road.

RT: What was the most terrifying scene to shoot? I was terrified for you during so many of them.

Andre: Yeah, I mean we shot a lot in Georgia and it’s an open carry state so…

There’s a scene where Rel and I, we have our penises stuck in a Chinese finger trap — you know, as it’s known to happen. And we went into a really “hood” barber shop in Atlanta and this dude took out a knife and chased us, trying to kill us. That was Rel’s not only day one of filming the movie, but the first hidden camera prank he ever filmed.

RT: And he stuck with it!

Andre: Barely! He quit the movie that day. He told me, just in the interview before this, that his kids talked him back into doing the movie. And because he almost got killed, he called Tiffany Haddish later that night to vent, and was like, “Hey, Eric Andre put me in a stupid prank movie and he’s gonna get me killed. This guy took a knife out! I want to quit.” So she starts dying laughing and calls me five minutes later and goes, “You almost got Rel killed?” And I was like, “Yeah.” And she goes, “I wanna be in your movie. I live for that s–t.” So in a weird way, that got us Tiffany in the movie.

Bad Trip is available on Netflix from March 26, 2021.

On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

Thumbnail image: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney, 20th Century Fox (Borat), Courtesy the Everett Collection

Tag Cloud

legend YouTube Sundance TV disaster See It Skip It CMT rotten movies we love rt labs critics edition Calendar Paramount Plus Countdown FX blaxploitation popular Creative Arts Emmys Set visit mcc The Academy green book indiana jones FOX Discovery Channel SXSW japan Britbox children's TV die hard Christmas Rocketman Infographic trailers USA Network 2019 doctor who politics foreign LGBT Brie Larson Arrowverse Women's History Month telelvision Comedy Central strong female leads sitcom zombie PBS facebook 1990s monster movies award winner Marvel Studios godzilla binge Mindy Kaling sequel screenings Syfy TruTV comic nature Fall TV marvel cinematic universe TLC richard e. Grant talk show DC Universe Holiday latino james bond BBC Nominations Opinion Marvel Television YouTube Premium all-time international TCA Awards CBS TIFF Tokyo Olympics Animation ITV 2017 crime drama Super Bowl sag awards USA best Avengers romantic comedy First Look video on demand Baby Yoda diversity superman Starz vampires sports Tomatazos free movies MTV American Society of Cinematographers Esquire anime Acorn TV Family wonder woman IFC Films animated Lifetime Comic Book Masterpiece The Witch remakes franchise Comic-Con@Home 2021 boxoffice Logo social media HBO Go Tumblr Pet Sematary tv talk Winners Paramount Network Walt Disney Pictures Image Comics OneApp Rom-Com Polls and Games cancelled TV series 90s Certified Fresh indie Spring TV Cannes DirecTV space natural history aapi Mystery reviews Pirates cancelled TV shows adaptation period drama Sneak Peek streaming movies PaleyFest cartoon TBS NYCC docuseries Apple Turner Classic Movies Teen police drama Turner chucky Columbia Pictures true crime Lifetime Christmas movies BBC America jamie lee curtis independent toy story Emmys golden globes OWN YA Crunchyroll TV movies spain revenge 2021 hollywood Summer spanish teaser National Geographic Emmy Nominations Reality comic book movie Showtime 20th Century Fox Travel Channel stand-up comedy RT History Disney streaming service theme song crime Grammys Country E3 rotten ABC Family christmas movies debate Food Network Nat Geo IFC emmy awards parents Sci-Fi quibi italian Anna Paquin live action The Purge Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Pacific Islander TCA 2017 sequels CBS All Access halloween tv dramedy HBO Max New York Comic Con 2015 documentary Amazon Prime X-Men ESPN royal family Spectrum Originals superhero 71st Emmy Awards Endgame ABC Signature heist movie concert ID news 2020 gangster Freeform Fox News Universal anthology Rocky mockumentary BAFTA GoT Classic Film Lionsgate Writers Guild of America Video Games WGN Disney+ Disney Plus Broadway dragons high school mutant screen actors guild Comedy Box Office Musical women serial killer obituary Mary Tyler Moore Quiz lord of the rings biography Netflix cats LGBTQ new star wars movies Hallmark Christmas movies ABC GIFs psychological thriller Extras singing competition Epix nfl cars Sony Pictures ratings Disney Channel Television Critics Association know your critic adenture cinemax Premiere Dates VICE Sundance Hallmark YouTube Red E! RT21 Shondaland 2016 TCA Winter 2020 Film Festival adventure hidden camera kaiju TV elevated horror CW Seed stop motion Warner Bros. movie hist Tubi Legendary documentaries nbcuniversal Chernobyl french scene in color joker Alien Ovation Amazon Studios The CW Fox Searchlight Hulu Biopics Trivia child's play TV One Lucasfilm movies Marvel toronto 73rd Emmy Awards AMC Amazon Prime Video Horror Winter TV harry potter political drama critic resources discovery south america science fiction The Walt Disney Company Holidays spy thriller First Reviews australia comic books hispanic heritage month stoner crime thriller Binge Guide A24 archives new york Apple TV Plus zombies spanish language war unscripted ghosts Ghostbusters Chilling Adventures of Sabrina cancelled cults Vudu VOD kong 2018 versus slasher composers critics book adaptation Superheroe Pop TV Superheroes Rock olympics Apple TV+ posters Trophy Talk robots San Diego Comic-Con Nickelodeon Comics on TV golden globe awards Martial Arts Character Guide blockbuster Pride Month Marathons transformers Podcast game show fresh DC Comics Watching Series scorecard ViacomCBS saw TV Land Bravo Star Trek Film Elton John halloween marvel comics directors Amazon Shudder japanese romance Mary poppins dark Awards Tour Year in Review A&E based on movie rt archives aliens docudrama films festivals dc cooking Photos El Rey comiccon video Fantasy Kids & Family mission: impossible book streaming 45 Trailer Captain marvel Adult Swim breaking bad prank historical drama HBO FXX The Arrangement Toys TCM Western 72 Emmy Awards werewolf DC streaming service Hear Us Out classics Musicals Crackle Spike comic book movies biopic supernatural twilight Awards thriller Cosplay SDCC TV renewals travel Thanksgiving Pop 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards king arthur reboot game of thrones Heroines suspense hispanic Oscars feel good Drama rom-coms Action Star Wars zero dark thirty 007 canceled TV shows WarnerMedia NBA BET Black Mirror Tarantino technology comics BET Awards casting PlayStation 93rd Oscars worst dceu Exclusive Video Paramount crossover miniseries Schedule MCU Stephen King 4/20 Black History Month psycho dogs Funimation GLAAD dexter VH1 razzies Music Valentine's Day young adult name the review kids black renewed TV shows finale target Best and Worst cancelled television witnail rt labs Disney Plus Cartoon Network medical drama batman worst movies Academy Awards 21st Century Fox universal monsters spinoff Ellie Kemper Netflix Christmas movies Television Academy jurassic park satire what to watch basketball 99% pirates of the caribbean criterion President series a nightmare on elm street Sundance Now Red Carpet cops 24 frames Election Dark Horse Comics BBC One venice Song of Ice and Fire Mary Poppins Returns spider-man comedies DGA FX on Hulu MSNBC action-comedy History justice league laika new zealand king kong Reality Competition canceled football Peacock Disney asian-american The Walking Dead CNN Pixar blockbusters slashers fast and furious television festival SundanceTV Wes Anderson Mudbound Interview scary movies deadpool TCA APB NBC TNT boxing